- 1 • dated Affected with a wasting disease, especially pulmonary tuberculosis: from birth he was sickly and consumptiveMore example sentences
- A dark gray complexion indicates prolonged stagnation of blood such as a consumptive disease with blood deficiency accompanied by menoplania or amenia.
- It can also be used as an auxiliary treatment for consumptive disease, asthma and diabetes.
- A fearless and ambitious entrepreneur named Nathan Cross moves with his consumptive wife and two sons to the little town of Defiance, Missouri in 1874.
- 2chiefly • derogatory Of or relating to the using up of resources: tourism represents an insidious form of consumptive activityMore example sentences
- Allowing the state to steal from the wealthy alters the full range of productive and consumptive activities - generally for the worse.
- However, each falls short of the type of provision necessary to allow the consumptive activity contemplated by the proposal.
- And if climate scientists are right, the cause of our problems is manic, consumptive, fossil-fuel driven human activity.
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- A person with a wasting disease, especially pulmonary tuberculosis.More example sentences
- He sat behind a walnut desk and could treat every sickness you could name and plenty you couldn't; more impressively, he kept his consumptives alive each year.
- She performs abortions in secret, supports suffrage, and caters to consumptives and TB sufferers when few other boarding-house establishments will take them.
- But happily that doesn't mean that it or the hotel is full of spluttering Keatsian consumptives nor that the spa is especially clinical in feel.
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- A dairy cow can drink 20 gallons of water in a day, but only half is used consumptively in milk production.
- And more people and businesses are drawing that water out consumptively, especially during the hot months.
- This water is not consumptively used because it simply passes through on its journey to the Gulf of California.
mid 17th century: from medieval Latin consumptivus, from Latin consumpt- 'consumed', from the verb consumere (see consume).
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